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COVID-19: The Latest

Businesses held sway over reopening

As South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster prepared to announce the end of a coronavirus stay-at-home order, his top staff received an email from the state health department. The message, highlighted in bold, was clear: Wait longer before allowing customers back inside restaurants, hair salons and ...

DeWine allows Ohio’s high school sports to continue amid pandemic

COLUMBUS — All Ohio high school sports can go forward this year, with an option for some fall sports like football to be delayed until the spring if schools wish, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. "Our order provides best guidance to play sports as safely as can be played in the era of ...

Coronavirus pandemic reshapes air travel as carriers struggle

In a bid to survive, airlines are desperately trying to convince a wary public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other indoor settings during the coronavirus pandemic. It isn’t working. Surveys indicate that ...

LaRose: No mask mandate at polls in Ohio

COLUMBUS — Health and safety guidelines that Ohio’s elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend, but do not mandate, mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall — a nod to voter freedoms in a closely divided battleground state. In a ...

Homeschooling interest grows during pandemic

MISSION, Kan. — As parents nationwide prepare to help their children with more distance learning, a small but quickly growing number are deciding to take matters entirely into their own hands and begin homeschooling. Some are worried their districts are unable to offer a strong virtual ...

Vaccine push as much about rivalries as science

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, Russia isn’t having a Sputnik moment. The announcement Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite into orbit in ...

What’s keeping Congress from a virus deal?

WASHINGTON — Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes. Now that President Donald Trump has issued a series of ...

Hancock County Schools opts for hybrid format

NEW CUMBERLAND — When Hancock County students return to school on Sept. 8, they will be spending part of their time in the classroom and part of it learning from home. The Hancock County Board of Education Monday approved a recommendation from Superintendent Dawn Petrovich to begin the ...

Free COVID-19 testing to be offered at West Liberty University

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University is working with the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department to provide free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for its students and employees prior to the beginning of the school year. No appointments will be taken, and officials say there will be no need to ...

Update: Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The Big Ten and Pac-12 won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic. About an hour after the Big Ten's announcement, the Pac-12 called a news conference to say its season ...